FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 11, 2020
UPPER DARBY, PA — As part of her ongoing commitment to reform, revitalize and reinvest in Upper Darby, Mayor Barbarann Keffer is pleased to announce our application for $75,000 in funding for the Upper Darby Police Department Body-Worn Cameras (BWC) Initiative has been awarded. The funding comes from the federal government by way of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). In addition to fulfilling part of the Mayor’s pledge to reform and modernize law enforcement, the grant award also underscores Keffer’s commitment to bring more grant funding into Upper Darby.
“We are thrilled to be named as a recipient of this funding to implement our body-worn cameras initiative throughout our police department,” said Mayor Keffer. “The body camera program is an important step towards increasing public safety for Upper Darby residents, as well as members of our police department, while providing the transparency and accountability that our citizens deserve.”
The addition of body-worn cameras was identified by Mayor Barbarann Keffer, with the support of Police Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt, as a priority and as part of the Mayor’s transparency and modernization efforts. Over the summer, Upper Darby officials announced forthcoming police reforms and a review of Township policies; the announcement came in the midst of local and national unrest about the treatment of minorities by law enforcement officials.
When implemented properly, body camera programs can reduce force and change the way officers interact with citizens. They provide an additional layer of accountability for police departments by monitoring officer conduct in different situations, from minor traffic stops to major standoffs. In 2017, Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 22, designed to expand body camera usage in Pennsylvania.
“We are incredibly thankful for the support of the PCCD, and our local elected officials, Representatives Margo Davidson and Mike Zabel, Senator Tim Kearney, and District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer. It is through their commitment to grant funding that make vital programs like this possible.” said Mayor Keffer.
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